Costs, application, admission, payment, bursaries and sending crystals

The School fee includes the course materials in printed and electronic forms, accommodation, all breakfasts and evening meals (except dinner on the free day), coffee breaks and the social programme. Most lunches will be at the participants' own expense, but can usually be obtained in the university cafeterias for about CHF 10-14 per day. Don't forget to bring an International Student Identity Card (Swiss participants just their normal university ID card) to be eligible for reduced prices.

We have done our very best to keep the cost of the School as low as possible and have negotiated very special rates for accommodation and meals at the Ibis Zurich Messe Airport Hotel (3*), a short tram ride from the university. Unfortunately, no low-cost student dormitory-type accommodation is available at the University of Zürich.

Only single rooms are available for the 2022 school.

Course fee:    
Master’s and PhD students   CHF 1,650
Postdocs and young academics (under 35):   CHF 1,850
Senior academics (35+):   CHF 2,150
Industry:   CHF 2,650

Application for admission

In view of COVID-19, please read our plans detailed under this link first.

To apply for the School, please read the following carefully, then complete the form below. Master’s and PhD students and Postdocs must arrange for a letter of recommendation from their supervisor to be sent by e-mail to Prof. Linden.

The School is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Some selection among applicants is usually necessary and will be carried out on a competitive basis. We may conduct Skype or FaceTime interviews with applicants. To have the best chance of selection, be sure to fill in the application form thoughtfully. Preference will be given to those who clearly demonstrate on their application form that their academic background is of a high standard, how their current goals and research interests would benefit from an increased knowledge of crystallography and who briefly indicate their current level of experience.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to create an entry for themselves in the World Directory of Crystallographers and, for those from within Europe, to become an individual member of the European Crystallographic Association. Bursaries cannot be awarded to those who do not have an entry in the World Directory and ECA sponsored bursaries can only be awarded to members of the ECA.


You will be advised during early February, 2022 if you have been accepted into the School. At this time and before anyone is asked to pay any fees, we will confirm the requirements in effect because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If we feel that it is unsafe or impractical to hold an on-site school, we will then advise applicants about alternative possibilities. Once we are confident that an on-site school can go ahead, we will send details of the arrangements for making payment.

A small number of bursaries are available to help young participants with part of the accommodation costs. Click here for more details. We are most grateful to the International Union of Crystallography, the European Crystallographic Association and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre for their generosity.

Submission of crystals
The unique aspect of the School is that participants get to collect data and determine the structure of one of their own compounds that they are currently interested in. Applicants who are offered a place in the School will be required to send us their crystals by early March 2022, so that we have sufficient time to assess crystal quality and didactic suitability of the stucture, and for new crystals to be sent if necessary. Now is a good time to start thinking about the compound you might wish to study and begin growing crystals. Supplying samples or data sets already known to present difficulties is inadvisable, as addressing complex problems adequately during the School is often impractical.